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Kant’s Ethics. The Good, Freedom, and the Will.
Berlin u. a.: De Gruyter 2012. XI, 363 S. Geb. EUR 99,95. ISBN 978-1-61451-071-0.
James J. DiCenso
John Silber, who died in September 2012 a few months after this book was published, was one of the leading American Kant scholars focusing on ethics and religion in the 1960’s and 70’s. After becoming President of Boston University in 1971, followed by a term as Chancellor, he was less active as a scholar. However, in retirement after 2003 he reworked and expanded some of his most seminal essays from 1959-91 into this book publication, which establishes his legacy as a Kant scholar. It is, as he says, an attempt »to offer a comprehensive account of Kant’s ethics, drawing on the entirety of his work« (IX).
The book shows signs of its origins, in that many references are made to early or mid twentieth century scholarship now little discussed. Also, many of the citations ...
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